Name: Hampton & Richmond Borough FC (formerly Hampton FC)

Founded: 1921

Stadium: Beveree Stadium

Capacity: 3,500 (750 seated)

Last season: 7th in National League South

Gloucester City fans will have 21 new grounds to visit when they start their first season at National League South level on Saturday 5 August, among them is a trip to London to face Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Beavers will play in the National League South for just their second season, having been promoted from the Isthmian League in 2015/16.

After finishing just outside the play-offs last season, H&R Borough will be hoping that good summer recruitment can enable them to move further up the league table.

Formed in 1921, Hampton’s early years were spent in the Kingston & District and the South West Middlesex Leagues. The club never managed to capture the South West Middlesex League title during their 26-year stay, although they twice won the K&D league title in the early 1930s.

In 1959, Hampton entered the senior football ranks as members of the Surrey Senior League, despite being based in Middlesex. In 1964 they won the championship and stepped up into the Spartan League, where they won the title four times in their seven year stay, never finishing outside the top four.

In 1971, they were elected to the Second Division of the Athenian League, narrowly missing out on promotion in their first season.bThe Beavers were then elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Isthmian League.

Hampton remained in Division Two until 1990, when they suffered their first ever relegation. In 1991, a league system reshaping saw the club relegated one more to the new Third Division. Although they missed out on promotion at the first attempt, they were promoted at the Isthmian AGM to fill a vacancy in the Second Division.

The Beavers enjoyed a successful period in the mid-1990s, winning promotion from the second division in 1995/96 and then gaining promotion from the first division in 1997/98.

Hampton became the first winners of the George Ruffell Memorial Shield in 1999/00.

The club remained in the Premier Division until 2002/03, which led to a relegation and a return to Division One.

On their first season back in Division One, they won promotion to the Premier Division with a win on the last day of the season. They spent the next three seasons in the Premier Division coming closer to promotion each time, finally achieving it by winning the title in 2006/07, where upon they quickly established themselves in the Conference South the following season, finishing third but losing in the play-off final.

Despite enjoying cup success by progressing to the FA Trophy 3rd round in 2011/12, Hampton suffered in the league and were relegated on the final day of the season.

The Beavers remained in the Isthmian Division until 2015/16, where they won promotion to the National League South, narrowly avoiding further relegation in 2014/15.

The only game played between the two sides was certainly one to remember for City fans.

The Tigers made their second consecutive appearance in the First Round of the FA Cup, after a 23 year wait was ended the year before, thanks to a 3-1 victory over The Beavers at Whaddon Road.

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